Adjunctive therapies may include cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, electrical acupuncture, herbal medicine. Recommendations to lifestyle, diet, and movement therapy are also in the scope of practice for an Acupuncturist. These may include Qi, Gong, Tai Chi, Sotai, meditations, rest, activity, and others.

Chinese Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture chooses points based on expected affects to a particular problem area, often utilizing a 3-point combination to address a particular complaint. These points are known as local, distal and remote. For example, if the main complaint was low back pain, the Chinese approach would choose a point local to the pain, a distal point on the legs or arms that is on a channel or meridian that directly crosses the area of complaint, and finally, a remote point on the arm or leg that is especially known to have beneficial effect on that area.

The Chinese approach hopes to focus and direct Qi (energy) from the needle to the main complaint, promoting healing to an isolated area. Other tools are also used to enhance the treatment such as Moxa, Cupping, Gua-sha, and Electrical Stimulation.

Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture is unique in its efficiency and precision, but is still firmly imbedded in the ancient Chinese medical texts. Techniques are directed at using the minimal amount of stimulation to attain the greatest results. Practitioners who practice this style use thinner and fewer needles, and shallower needle insertion. Sometimes the treatment involves simply touching the surface of the skin with the needles called “superficial insertion”. It also uses abdominal palpation and other diagnostics to determine the underlying balance. Meridian therapy is one system of Japanese Acupuncture that grasps all diseases as a condition of deficiency or excess of Qi or blood in the meridians, and then uses the techniques of acupuncture to tonify or shunt to bring about healing. Moxibustion is used extensively in the Japanese techniques.

Pediatric Acupuncture

Shonishin is a Japanese Acupuncture Technique specific for children. It follows the same theory and guidelines as acupuncture, but with out the use of needles. This technique involves light brushing and tapping along the meridians and at acupuncture points to bring the body back into harmony and balance. Shonishin uses the same meridians and points to stimulate the immune system. This helps your child’s body fight off infection, disease and supports the healing process. Shonishin can be used both as preventative care and during an illness.

In Oriental Medicine a child’s energy is considered very Yang ~ meaning their energy is right on the surface. For this reason, children from birth to age 10 respond very quickly to Shonishin techniques, and do not require needle acupuncture until they are older, unless they have a deep-rooted condition. Once a child is older than 10 their energy is no longer superficial and they respond better acupuncture.

Massage Therapy

Massage is a valuable addition to everyone’s health regimen. It helps to relax the mind, body and spirit. Other benefits include treating stress, muscle strain and tension while promoting relaxation and increasing blood and lymphatic circulation. It is a well-known treatment method to control pain, improve musculoskeletal function, and boost the immune system. Including massage in your everyday life can promote longevity, well-being.

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing is a style of manual medicine that was developed by Dr. Fritz Smith, a medical doctor, osteopath, and five-element acupuncturist who integrated a brilliant synthesis of eastern and western paradigms of medicine into one treatment modality that simultaneously works on both energy and structure.
One session typicaly lasts around 45 minutes. The person receiving the session is fully clothed and lays on their back, while the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize itself. This work addresses the deepest and densest tissues of the body, along with soft tissue, and energy fields, and in doing so helps to clear blockages in the body’s energy flow, amplify one's vitality, and contribute to an overall better postural alignment. Typically after a Zero Balancing session one is left with a wonderful feeling of overall physical organization and on of inner harmony.
As far as health issues, Zero Balancing is an effective treatment for the alleviation of body aches and pains, releasing restrictions in movement, as well as for providing lasting relief from emotional distress and thereby improving one's overall quality of life. It can also be helpful with reaching specific goals such as the relief from back pain, improving one's energy concentration and/or sleep, releasing unwanted stress, eliminating old habitual behavior patterns & overcoming addictions, as well as boosting overall well-being.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is the practice of manipulating joints, primarily in the spine, to restore normal position and movement, and encourages a healthy and functional musculoskeletal and nervous system. Vertebrae that are out of alignment or not moving properly create a condition called “subluxation complex”. It can be a mild irritation that causes discomfort and reduced range of motion, or can be a more severe condition resulting in disc displacement, nerve compression, and pain not only at the site of subluxation but also along associated muscles and nerves.

Chiropractic treatment involves evaluating the spine and performing adjustments to segments that are out of alignment to restore movement, function, and support the body's own natural healing process. A Chiropractic adjustment is a specifically directed quick thrust using the hands or a small spring-loaded instrument. The Chiropractor may also employ other therapies to support the adjustment, such as, specific massage techniques to reduce muscle tension. Chiropractors are trained physicians with 4 years of intense study that includes taking and reading x-rays, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, and providing nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Herbal Medicine

The Chinese meaning for Herbal Recipes or Formulas is a simple phrase “Fang Ji”. Since the pre-Han era (206 B.C.) these words refer to the separate but complimentary practice of medicine. Fang refers to the document on which the formula was recorded and Ji refers to the practice of the technique itself. Thus, Fang Ji, are formulas which are put into practice.

Many of the Formulas we use at Alpenglow date back to the 3rd century BC. The Chinese have a rich history and background in herbal medicinals. With this comes a rich history of conscience dialog and documentation of every aspect of the Fang Ji. A common phrase in China is, “too much medicine makes a man sick.” Thus implying the corrective qualities of Chinese medicinal. They help symptoms, and bring the body to perfect harmony but their potency can move it back into disharmony if overused. Licensed Acupuncturist’s have extensive training in the use of these formulas, the good that they bring and the potential side effects they may have. This is why all Chinese Medicinal should be taken with respect and caution under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

We regularly use Chinese herbals with our treatments. Herbs are just one facet in the Oriental medical approach. Formulas are made by taking the herbs roots, stems leaves, and fruit of plants and combining four or more herbs that synergistically complements each other in the goal for health for each unique individual. All of our practitioners have extensive training in Chinese Medicinal. We love our herbals and use them wisely to bring honor to those who went before us.

Moxibustion Therapy

The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, resolve pain and maintain general health. Moxibustion is often used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. Studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture. Moxibustion is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems and deficient conditions.

Mugwort, also known as Artemesia Vulgaris or Ai Ye, is a small, spongy herb, used in moxibustion that facilitates healing. Moxa is placed on an acupuncture point or needle and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant warming sensation that penetrates deep into the skin. Moxa energy has been researched to be an infrared energy which has a deep penetrating and healing effect on the body.


ROLFING®, also known as Structural Integration is a holistic form of bodywork developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf over fifty years ago. It specifically works with the connective tissue in the body (fascia) to release, re-align, and balance the body while maintaining integration. Fascia is an intricate web-like network that is interwoven within every layer of the body such as muscle, ligament, organ, and bone, etc., and will change depending on the stresses placed upon it. Manipulating the muscular and skeletal systems are sometimes not enough. When the fascia is addressed, it results in all the structures of the body being affected on various levels and layers, including the muscular and skeletal systems.

Rolfing® is a holistic treatment of deep tissue work that realigns and balances your body so that your head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs are in better vertical alignment. Rolfing® is especially recommended for dancers, musicians, athletes and all those who lead a strenuous lifestyle. People suffering from stiffness, chronic pain, structural aches and physical stress can benefit with reduced or eliminated pain and stiffness as well as a balanced and properly working body.


In Chinese Medicine food is considered medicinal. Each food has a different nature and flavor. The nature of the food affects the temperature of the body. For example watermelon is a very cooling fruit, and is good to eat during the warmer summer months. Where as cayenne, cinnamon or garlic are very warming spices that are great to use during the cold winter months. The flavor of the food will affect the body’s metabolism.

Whether specific foods are good or bad for a person depends on the their condition. For example a person who has trouble staying warm wouldn’t want to eat a lot of watermelon, and like wise a person who is overly hot shouldn’t consume many spicy foods. Your Acupuncturist will be able to diagnose your condition and give guidelines as to which foods are best for you to consume and which to avoid. In doing so you will increase your energy, improve digestion, enhance overall quality of sleep, boost your immune system and loose weight. The three keys to a healthy life are diet, exercise and rest.